How to reach Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center?

Located about 50 km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City center, Cu Chi Tunnels is a 200-km underground system of tunnels, built by locals and Viet Cong, and served as the headquarters of The tunnels are just enough for one person to go through by bending or dragging. It is able to support a 50-ton tank, survive light bombs and light cannons. The multi-tiered and multi-layered system has numerous shelters, hideouts, entrances, hospitals, sleeping quarters, meeting rooms, kitchens, stores, working rooms, dining rooms, schools, dormitories, and even wells. Even American troops with over 3,000 well-trained sniffer dogs could not navigate the courses. There are many exciting things to do in Cu Chi: exploring the tunnels underground, try crawling some sections which have been modified to accommodate tourists, learning more about traps, bomb craters, trying firing a gun, paintball, etc. Visiting Cu Chi Tunnels is the best ways to understand more about the persistent, clever, heroic character of Vietnamese people and the prolonged resistance and the heart-broken war in Vietnam. There are 2 Cu Chi Tunnels sites where tourists come to explore the tunnels: Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc. Most of the tour agencies take their tourists to Ben Dinh which is nearer the city center and takes a shorter time to visit in comparison to Ben Duoc. How to reach Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center is one of the most frequent questions of travelers who would like to see the city by themselves. There are some ways to reach Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center and I will give you as much as possible about How to reach Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center.

By taxi:

Advantages:

  • Safe, fast and comfortable;

Disadvantages:

  • High cost;
  • Most of the taxi drivers do not speak English;
  • Taxi scams.

It takes 1.5 hours to drive from the city center to Cu Chi. The price of taxi in Ho Chi Minh City is around 15,000 VND/km. However, if you book a long journey, the price is a bit cheaper. One-way transfer from Ho Chi Minh to Cu Chi by taxi costs 600,000 – 700,000 VND.

List of good taxis in Ho Chi Minh: Taxi Vinasun, Taxi Mai Linh, Taxi Saigon Airport, Taxi Hoang Long, Taxi Gas Saigon Petrolimex, Taxi Savico, Taxi Dau Khi.

You can tell the hotel receptionist help you to call and deal the price with the taxi to avoid taxi scams.

By private car:

Advantages:

  • High-quality service;
  • Safe, fast and comfortable;
  • You can request for an English speaking driver;
  • You can tell the driver to stop on the way for other attractions such as Trung An Fruit Garden, Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, Ho Chi Minh Cooking Class, and many hidden eating places in Cu Chi. Read more at https://scootersaigontour.com/an-ultimate-cu-chi-tunnels-guide/

Disadvantages:

  • High cost.
  • Booking a private car with trusted travel agencies or with your hotel is a good choice. You can also request for an English speaking driver. Scooter Saigon Tour offers 2-way Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi transfer at the price 1,000,000 VND. You can call/sms/whatsapp/viber +84909190247.

By bus:

Advantages:

  • Cheap, safe, and comfort;

Disadvantages:

  • The staffs on buses do not speak English;
  • It takes more time in comparison to taxi because you have to reach the bus station, then wait for the buses, and the buses stop at bus stations for dropping off and picking up other passengers;
  • Pickpocket and snatch theft;

To reach Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center, catch Bus #13 from 23/9 Bus Station to Cu Chi Bus Station. At the Cu Chi Bus Station, catch Bus #79 to Ben Duoc site or Bus #63 to Ben Dinh. Bus #13 also pass Ben Thanh Central Bus Station – one of the most crowded bus station in Saigon. So that if you can not catch the bus from 23/9 Bus Station, you can catch it at Ben Thanh Bus Station. If you go to Ben Duoc, total bus fare is 16,000 VND which is less than 1 USD. The total trip time is 115 minutes, approximately 2 hours. If you go to Ben Dinh, total bus fare is 18,000 VND which is less than 1 USD. The total trip time is 120 minutes or 2 hours.

Read more information including tips to avoid scams, pickpocket, snatch theft, routes to get to Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center at https://scootersaigontour.com/how-to-get-to-cu-chi-tunnels-by-bus/.

By motorbike:

If you would like to try something adventurous, let choose motorbike to get to Cu Chi Tunnels.

Advantages:

  • High-quality service;
  • Safe, fast and comfortable;
  • You can request for an English speaking driver;
  • You can tell the driver to stop on the way for other attractions such as Trung An Fruit Garden, Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, Ho Chi Minh Cooking Class, and many hidden eating places in Cu Chi. Read more at https://scootersaigontour.com/an-ultimate-cu-chi-tunnels-guide/

Disadvantages:

  • High cost.
  • Booking a private car with trusted travel agencies or with your hotel is a good choice. You can also request for an English speaking driver. Scooter Saigon Tour offers 2-way Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi transfer at the price 1,000,000 VND. You can call/sms/whatsapp/viber +84909190247.

By speedboat:

To get to Cu Chi from Ho Chi Minh center by speedboat, you can only book a tour Cu Chi Tunnels Tour Half Day which costs about 69 USD/person.

Scooter Saigon Tour offers reasonably priced tours to Cu Chi with :

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour Half Day

Ho Chi Minh City & Cu Chi Tunnels Tour Full Day

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour & Cooking Class Full Day

Cu Chi Tunnels & Cao Dai Temple Tour Full Day

Cu Chi Tunnels & Mekong Delta Tour Full Day

Cu Chi Tunnels Tour by Motorbike Full Day

How to reach Cu Chi Tunnels from Ho Chi Minh center?
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